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CSAC Board Approves New Cannabis Language

The CSAC Board approved cannabis policy language when it met on Thursday as part of our annual legislative conference. Developed by the CSAC Cannabis Working Group, the final policy language reflects a strong emphasis on local control in all aspects of cannabis regulation. The language also speaks to cultivation, environmental impacts, enforcement, public safety, labeling, testing, advertising, resources, revenue, banking, and public outreach and research. The final language may be viewed here.

The Board action is the final step reflecting months of work by the CSAC Cannabis Working Group and the Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources (AENR) Policy Committee. The policy platform language is in response to the passage of Proposition 64 (AUMA) and the Medical Cannabis Regulatory and Safety Act (MCRSA), and will provide policy direction to guide CSAC’s advocacy efforts. With draft regulations on medical cannabis currently open for comment, budget trailer bill language active, and new draft regulations expected following the passage of trailer bill language to align the medical and adult use regulatory processes, the cannabis landscape is changing rapidly.

CSAC members also had the opportunity to hear directly from the state agencies with regulatory oversight on cannabis at the “New Wild West: Counties and an Evolving Cannabis Policy” workshop, featuring panelists from the Bureau of Marijuana Control, CalCannabis Cultivation (California Department of Food and Agriculture), and the California Department of Public Health. Supervisor Nate Miley of Alameda County kicked off the workshop by sharing his experience from the Alameda County perspective, and participants enjoyed a lengthy Q&A session to express concerns and deepen understanding of the complicated issue. Presentations from this session are available here.

The cannabis policy language was thoroughly discussed and vetted at the AENR Policy Committee meeting earlier on Thursday. Additional committee agenda items included presentations on the Williamson Act, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), and recent legislative news. Materials from these presentations are available here.

CSAC thanks all those who worked on the cannabis policy language. We appreciate all the feedback and input that contributed to this comprehensive policy.

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